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Liam Lacey

Liam Lacey
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
82% Beach Rats (2017) Though its story of a teenaged tough struggling with his sexuality is contemporary, the style is low-fi, luxurious, retro. Shot on 16mm by cinematographer Hélène Louvart, Beach Rats has a grainy, painterly sense of depth and texture.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
95% Stronger (2017) Predictably, there's Oscar buzz for actor Jake Gyllenhaal, but it's also a movie with interesting thoughts about what "inspirational stories" even mean.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
68% mother! (2017) The non-stop hysteria grows wearisome and Aranofsky's big ideas feel frankly sophomoric. The Judeo-Christian tradition's sado-masochistic and misogynist streak was a bold target for Luis Bunuel, but not so much today.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
7% Tulip Fever (2017) Tulip Fever is neither good nor terrible. It's just mediocre, jumbled, and neither serious enough for history nor fun enough for trash‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
No Score Yet Blood Honey (2017) A bee-minus horror movie at best‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) The heartbeat of the film is Plaza's performance -- the micro-second behind-the-beat lack of glibness, the stilted smile selfie and that feral alertness to threat in her gaze. She's like a combination of a wall-flower and Venus Flytrap.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
37% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Reynolds and Jackson are enjoyable alone and bantering. And they work hard to find a through-line as the movie shifts jarringly in tone and skips over plot holes. But it's a lost cause. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
93% Dunkirk (2017) Nolan's Dunkirk is stripped-down almost to the point of abstraction, a story with little dialogue, focusing on a series of physical terrors - drowning, being struck from above or behind, all endured with tight-lipped masculine resolve. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
74% Landline (2017) No doubt, Landline hits familiar beats, and ties up its loose ends too neatly. But I was sorry to see the credits roll. Mostly, I regretted that I couldn't click on the next episode.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
16% The Dark Tower (2017) With a second-hand looking production design and ordinary visual effects, it's difficult to imagine this is the movie anyone actually intended to release.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
85% The Trip to Spain (2017) A happy meal with a glum dessert‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
4/4 96% The Look of Silence (2015) The stories the perpetrators tell are hideous, but Adi proves to be a calm and unrelenting interrogator, even in the face of direct death threats.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2015
4/4 88% The Tribe (2015) Based on Slaboshpytskiy's experience as a crime reporter and on stories of Ukraine's "deaf Mafia," it's less a social portrait than an experiment in shaking up the balance of our senses: A tale of no sound, just fury.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2015
3/4 85% Trainwreck (2015) There's a funny movie in Trainwreck, but you may have to sift through a lot of debris to find it.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2015
2.5/4 76% Jimmy's Hall (2015) As dramatically stilted as Jimmy's Hall is, it has an undeniably appealing integrity ...‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2015
3/4 89% Cartel Land (2015) Much of the documentary Cartel Land, an immersion into the Mexican drug traffickers and citizen vigilantes, is hair-raisingly intense.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2015
2/4 56% Minions (2015) With its episodic stream of slapstick gags, Minions has moments of piquant absurdity, but mostly its shrill-but-cutesy anarchy works as a visual sugar rush for the preschool set.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2015
2.5/4 76% The Connection (2015) A byzantine, if ultimately conventional, heroic tale that feels like a guided tour down a familiar alley.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2015
3/4 82% Deep Web (2015) Although it's a fascinating subject, the director doesn't bring much rigour or insight to the complexity of the case.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2015
2.5/4 79% Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) It's ultimately a feel-good movie with some poignant moments ...‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2015
3.5/4 83% Eden (2015) In the realm of disco lights and thumping bass lines, mounting debt, hungover mornings and interchangeable sleeping partners, there's a real love story here about a man and his passion for his loops and beats.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2015
2.5/4 No Score Yet Porch Stories (2015) Both Barrett and Contreras come across as likeable and intelligently sincere, but the script, like the characters, has emotional commitment problems.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2015
3.5/4 100% A Midsummer Night's Dream (2015) Julie Taymor's off-the-stage filmed production of A Midsummer Night's Dream has a phantasmagoric visual fluidity that emphasizes the play's uncanny unsettling nature more than its carnival silliness.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2015
3/4 98% Inside Out (2015) Inside Out is imaginative and ambitious, even if it sometimes feels a bit manically overstuffed. And it's definitely a big step up from some recent Pixar films, such as Cars 2 and Monsters University.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2015
2.5/4 71% Jurassic World (2015) Jurassic World never breaks out of its own confines of homage and imitation. The movie ends up as an awkward, ungainly hybrid: large, but inconsequential.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2015
3/4 94% Spy (2015) Although this fish-out-of-water scenario might sound over-familiar, both the humour and action here are startling and visceral ...‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2015
4/4 No Score Yet Elephant's Dream (2015) [An] eloquent, enigmatic portrait of a city and civilization in slow collapse.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2015
1/4 9% Survivor (2015) A movie so full of ludicrous plotting and stilted exposition that it almost works as an accidental comedy.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 29, 2015
94% Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) Gibney ... has a gift for showing the workings of complex social systems, and he lays things out clearly and in a well-aced fashion ...‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 8, 2015
58% Maggie (2015) Ultimately, neither the brain-eating genre or the heart-breaking one is enhanced by this mash-up. Like Celine Dion's cover of AC/DC's You Shook Me All Night Long, file it under the category of "interesting-but-why?"‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 8, 2015
2.5/4 85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) Feels like a missed opportunity to do a country romantic melodrama in grand style.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 1, 2015
1.5/4 44% Preggoland (2015) Preggoland feels like a rough cut of a Judd Apatow movie, similarly pushing the taste envelope in cringe-worthy directions before wrapping up with a rom-com bow.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 1, 2015
2.5/4 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Joss Whedon shows his considerable gifts for multicharacter air traffic control in a massive 3-D spectacle while demonstrating reserves of insouciance.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2015
1/4 9% The Forger (2015) Occasionally a movie comes along that's such an awkward compilation of ideas it fascinates: The Forger, a Boston-set melodrama involving cancer, Impressionist art and deadbeat dads, is only about half that good.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2015
3/4 92% Ex Machina (2015) A clever film with one indelible performance from Isaac.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2015
2.5/4 94% Disneynature Monkey Kingdom (2015) The story of the colony's exile and return feels like a dull sermon, but the animals themselves, with their expressive faces and Moe Howard hairdos, can switch from slapstick to pathos faster than Charlie Chaplin.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2015
2/4 43% True Story (2015) You could easily imagine Hill and Franco in a parody version, with Franco, like Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct, crossing and uncrossing his legs to each probing question.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2015
1/4 29% The Longest Ride (2015) Eventful, polished, and knuckle-bitingly dull, the 10th film adapted from a novel by Nicholas Sparks, combines fate, bull riding and some powerful Hollywood bloodlines among its young cast.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2015
2.5/4 78% Danny Collins (2015) One of the things that partly excuses the movie's mush is that it's a kind of musical.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2015
2.5/4 80% The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2015) Like cross-breeding a chihuahua with a Jack Russell, the result may be doubly cute, but also doubly annoying.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2015
2/4 No Score Yet Cast No Shadow (2014) Painterly cinematography around the Newfoundland coast and a soulful lead performance from young star Percy Hynes White aren't enough to overcome an awkward script ...‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2015
3/4 84% While We're Young (2015) If you've been wishing you could see a good Woody Allen comedy again, you should check out Noah Baumbach's While We're Young, which sees the 45-year-old director moving in on Allen's territory - the Manhattan comedy of manners.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2015
0.5/4 14% Last Knights (2015) A movie this silly should be prefaced with an apology: "Um, about Last Knights ... "‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2015
96% It Follows (2015) Less a conventional scary horror film than a fitful, disturbing dream, It Follows is all about atmosphere, with an unsettling soundscape and dislocating widescreen imagery.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2015
3/4 89% White God (2015) A rousing creature-feature thriller and political allegory, from Hungarian director Kornel Mundrucz.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2015
1.5/4 29% Get Hard (2015) Not entirely unfunny.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2015
2/4 29% Insurgent (2015) Most of the best stuff is saved for Insurgent's last half-hour, in which the movie goes "lysergic," as on an acid trip.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2015
1/4 17% The Gunman (2015) Like a queasy blend of Still Alice and The Bourne Identity.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2015
2/4 25% The Search (2015) The French director's follow-up to his Oscar-winning silent movie comedy, The Artist, is everything The Artist was not: long, unoriginal and heavy-handed.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2015
2.5/4 61% Run All Night (2015) Collet-Serra (Non-Stop and Unknown), lavishes the story with whooshing aerial cameras and shadowy rat-warren interiors.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2015